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Thomas J. Perrelli, managing partner of the Firm's Washington, DC office, has been named the winner of the Washington Business Journal's 2008 "Top Washington Lawyer" award in the Intellectual Property category. Partner W. Jay DeVecchio has been named a finalist in the Government Contracts category of the same contest.
Mr. Perrelli, who played a key role in developing the litigation framework under copyright law for artists and record companies to be paid by the businesses that broadcast their music in digital format, received his award at a reception at the Fairmont Hotel in DC on Sept. 18, 2008. A Washington Business Journal article about Mr. Perrelli's award notes that he represented SoundExchange in obtaining "a 250 percent increase in the royalty rate for music played over the Internet by companies like AOL and Yahoo Inc."
The article also points out that after leaving the Justice Department, Mr. Perrelli "went back to Jenner & Block in 2001 with a plan to build a practice that didn't exist at the firm then." The article says that Tom "knew that the Internet's impact on copyright was going to be significant. The firm now has 25 people focused on that area of the law."
In discussing Mr. DeVecchio's selection as a finalist in government contracts law, the newspaper recognized his breadth of knowledge in the area, noting that he "has to know a little bit about everything within the federal government, whether it's aircraft flight controls, understanding government health care systems or construction equipment." The article points out that Mr. DeVecchio "really sees his role as helping clients avoid problems before they arise." In the last two years, the article also notes that he has successfully "argued three times on behalf of L-3 Services concerning the award of the Army's [multibillion dollar] linguist and translation services contract to another company before the Government Accountability Office."
Each year, the Washington Business Journal announces its "Top Washington Lawyers" in more than a dozen categories. This year, the winners were selected from nearly 500 nominees from firms throughout the Washington region. Last year, Partner Steven Fabrizio was named the "Top Washington Lawyer' in Intellectual Property.